|Peanut Butter Cup Pudding|
This recipe is yet another twist on my family's favorite Dark Chocolate Protein Pudding. The inspiration for this version came from a large block of 70% dark chocolate that I received in a gift basket at Christmas. Normally I would not have any trouble just eating a large amount of chocolate all on it's own, but this block was really big and every time I tried to cut a chunk off, it crumbled into tiny pieces. I suppose I could have just gnawed on it, but unless the chocolate is in bunny form, I find that method a little gross. So I figured I would melt it down and use it in a recipe. And since I had recently bought some silken tofu and some organic coconut milk to try, I thought maybe I would combine the three and see what happened. The result is a tasty pudding that is a bit smoother than my previous versions. However, the chocolate flavor was a bit overpowered by the tofu and milk, so I decided to add the almond extract which was definitely an improvement. I thought it was fine as is, but my chocolate loving daughter wasn't so sure, so I mixed her serving with some peanut butter. I am so glad I did. It was amazing. The pudding became rich and decadent, and since all I added was healthy all natural peanut butter, it was still fairly nutritious, and higher in protein and healthy fats. Because this recipe makes a lot and I am obsessed with not letting things go bad in my fridge, I have been eating it for breakfast the last few mornings and it has been so much fun. I guess I really do love chocolate more than most!
Peanut Butter Cup Pudding
about 1 pound (16 oz.) dark chocolate
1 pound organic silken tofu
1 can organic light coconut milk
1 C. all natural peanut butter
1/4 tsp. pure almond extract
Melt the chocolate over low heat in a saucepan. Combine the tofu, coconut milk, peanut butter and almond extract in a blender or food processor until smooth. Whisk in the melted chocolate until fully combined. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. Will keep in the fridge for about a week.
* the chocolate taste actually improves and intensifies after the first day or two!
|ready for the fridge|
|my daughter's "dessert"|